Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition
The No Nonsense Guide to to Window Server Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2006
Pages: 744

Getting Microsoft Windows Server 2003 up and running, either as a standalone or as part of a multi-site, multi-server network is a formidable task for anyone. O'Reilly's no-nonsense guide, Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition, gives you just what you need to get the job done. It provides you with the nuts and bolts for installing, configuring, securing, and managing Windows Server 2003-plus, it has been completely updated for Service Pack 1 and release R2.

Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition includes just enough theory for you to understand how the different features and systems work in this latest version of Windows. You'll come away with a firm understanding of what's happening under the hood of the system, but without feeling like you're taking a graduate course in OS theory. After its high-level overview, the book offers complete discussions and treatments of all of Server 2003's major components. You'll learn how to:

  • install Windows Server 2003
  • create and manage user accounts (with particular attention to Active Directory)
  • manage access to system resources, such as printers and files
  • configure and manage its numerous major subsystems

The book also features step-by-step procedures and discussions of complex concepts such as patch management, Active Directory replication, DFS namespaces and replication, network access quarantining, server clustering, Group Policy and other security tools, and IIS6 web server.

Whether you're an experienced system administrator or one who's just beginning, you'll turn to this practical guide again and again when you need to understand the massive product that is Windows Server 2003.

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Clear, Concise and Comprehensive -- Highly Recommended

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Comments about oreilly Learning Windows Server 2003, 2nd Edition:

The new 2nd edition of this book has been completely updated for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and release R2, and information on administration using command-line utilities has been added to each chapter.

This book is an extremely clear, concise, yet comprehensive guide to the server-specific features of Windows Server 2003 -- particularly features that are new or enhanced compared with Windows Server 2000. Coverage of topics like DNS and clustering, Active Directory and LDAP, Group Policy (with the new Group Policy Management Console) & the IntelliMirror application distribution system, volume shadow copy for automatic backup file versioning, offline files and folders (an improvement on the Windows briefcase), file indexing services, permission levels & security analysis with the new Security Configuration Wizard, IISv6, the .NET framework, VPNs, Radius & IPSec, is extremely good. The main focus is on deployment, administration & management tools.

This book seems far more useful than the MS Administrator's Pocket Consultant, and the only topics that seem to be omitted are mention of WSH (to go with the added information on command-line utilities), service recovery, and WINS for systems with pre-Windows 2000 legacy clients. Windows SharePoint Services get only brief mention. The appendix on features likely to be in Longhorn is a good bonus.

I would highly recommend this book.

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